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Safety

Life is valuable and for this reason, we should do everything in our power to protect it. It is much easier to prevent accidents, than to deal with their aftermath (especially if the mishap could have been easily avoided). Taking appropriate safety precautions ensures that you and your family will be protected from unnecessary danger, risk, or injury.

Confirmed Case of Measles in Portland-area Traveler

Confirmed Case of Measles in Portland-area Traveler

The best way to protect your kids from vaccine-preventable diseases (like measles) is to make sure they’re immunized on schedule. MMR is very safe and effective, and could absolutely save your child’s life. There have been several confirmed cases of … Continue reading

Air Quality Advisory for Portland Metro Area & SW Washington

Panorama of the King Fire in Pollock Pines CA that burned over 70,000 acres

With wildfires blazing in nearly every direction, local air conditions have now reached unhealthy levels for everyone. Yesterday the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality and the Southwest Clean Air Agency issued an air quality advisory for the Portland metro area … Continue reading

Confirmed Case of Measles in Gresham

Doctor giving injection to boy

7/13/18 Update A third case of measles was confirmed in Multnomah County today. There’s a possible related case in Clark County, but it’s still under investigation. If you’re concerned that your child may have been exposed, please contact our offices … Continue reading

Meningococcal B Outbreak at OSU

Meningococcal B Outbreak at OSU

Six Oregon State University (OSU) students have confirmed cases of meningococcal disease. In response, OSU is requiring all Corvallis campus students 25 and younger to begin meningococcal B vaccination by February 15, 2018. Per Oregon law, vaccination during an outbreak … Continue reading

Air Quality Advisory for Northwest Oregon

Panorama of the King Fire in Pollock Pines CA that burned over 70,000 acres

For the past week, Oregonians have watched and grieved as the Eagle Creek fire claimed more than 30,000 acres of treasured landscapes. In addition to emotional devastation, many of us are physically suffering from the smoky, ash-filled air. Just yesterday … Continue reading

Air Quality Advisory in Portland

Sunrise View of Portland, Oregon from Pittock Mansion.

Notice the haze outside this morning? We have wildfire smoke from British Columbia and parts of Oregon to thank for that. With Portland’s current Air Quality Index (AQI) rating at 177, it’s now considered unhealthy for everyone to breathe. Check … Continue reading

Oregon’s Total Eclipse

Oregon’s Total Eclipse

Photo Credit: Courtesy Mark Margolis / Rainbow Symphony On August 21, 2017, a total solar eclipse will darken skies across the U.S. (from Oregon to South Carolina) along a 70-mile-wide path. Within this “path of totality,” the sun will completely … Continue reading

Sports Physical or Well Check: Is one better than the other?

Young american football player running back breaking away from an attempted tackle.

If your child or teen plans to participate in fall sports, now’s the time to schedule a well check. When we say well check, we don’t mean a sports physical – the two are actually quite different. Let’s go over … Continue reading

Recommended Insect Repellents

A man is trying to protect himself from insects.

žWhen used as directed, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered insect repellents are safe and effective for children as well as pregnant and breastfeeding women. Learn more about using insect repellents safely and effectively here. Our pediatricians and advice staff are also … Continue reading

Zika Virus

Zika Virus

Key Facts Zika virus disease is caused by a virus transmitted by Aedes mosquitoes. People with Zika virus disease usually have symptoms that can include mild fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, muscle and joint pain, malaise, or headache. These symptoms normally … Continue reading